Sunday, August 29, 2010

Signature Dog Blog: Banks and the Fun Blanket

I awoke this morning feeling extremely grateful for my chosen career and that any given day I have had and continue to have the privilege to work with dogs (and cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks and toads...yes toads) and the people who love and care for them. With that in mind, I'd like to tell you a cute story about a little dog named Banks who recently stayed in my home for a week. Initially Banks did not think it was too fantastic being surrounded by three Doberman Pinschers but as each day went by he warmed up to them. He seemed to like them, he sniffed them, treated them with respect but generally stayed out of their path. Then one day I took one of his little blankets outside to air in the sunshine and when I brought it in, he grabbed it with his teeth (very out of character for this polite little dog) and tossed it into the air several times and then proceeded to jump on and off it several times. I guess it was his fun blanket. All the while this was happening, Madeline (my own Doberman) was watching with a cautious and curious eye - then all of a sudden she bowed her head and threw her front legs down to signal PLAYTIME and away she and Banks went. I gotta tell you I nearly peed my pants laughing - as they played with the fun blanket and chased each other around the kitchen like a couple of nutty puppies. Madeline, by nature gets along with any dog but in terms of playing she is quite picky and chooses to play with only certain dogs and there is no rhyme or reason. But she certainly chose Banks and they played until I had to break it up as the two of them were going to either hurt themselves or wreck the house....not sure which, perhaps both. When I broke up their fun, the two of them were most indignant...with Madeline trotting off to her bed in a full sulk and Banks plopping down on the fun blanket which soon became the nap blanket as the fun was over and Banks was pooped. 

Again....I am so lucky to work with animals everyday, including fun little dogs like Banks!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Signature Dog Blog: A Most Charming Chihuahua

This is Bella - a recent Signature Pet boarder who very quickly found two things....her place in the sun (on our deck) and a place in my heart. She has been my most surprising guest yet! She is extremely smart, friendly, loves to go for walks, cuddle and just hang out in the sun. She has PERFECT house manners, is very polite, does what she is asked and is very easy to care for. Bella is very bright, observant and makes a great watchdog! Her family obviously loves her dearly and has done a terrific job with her socialization and training. In terms of the breed, the Chihuahua's charms include her small size, very large personality, and variety in coat types and colors. The Chihuahua is all dog, fully capable of competing in dog sports such as agility and obedience, and is among the top 10 watchdogs recommended by experts. (Bella is proof of that). And the Chihuahua loves nothing more than being with people and requires a minimum of exercise and grooming.

If you are interested in this fascinating breed of little dog and would like to adopt one in need of a good and loving home then go to
http://www.chirescue.org/ this group provides assistance to Chihuahuas in need. They have a great website with tons of valuable information about Chihuahuas and how you can help them or even adopt one.

Enjoy your day!!!